Thomas L. Friedman to Speak at GFOA’s 112th Annual Conference in St. Louis

Monday, January 29, 2018

Government Finance Officers Association’s (GFOA) 112th Annual Conference will be held May 6─9, 2018, at America’s Center Convention Complex in St. Louis, Missouri. Thomas L. Friedman, New York Times foreign affairs columnist, Pulitzer Prize winner, and bestselling author will be GFOA’s keynote speaker on May 8, 8:30–10:00 am. Tom Friedman, renowned for his direct reporting and sophisticated analysis of complex issues, will address GFOA delegates at the convention center on the era of dizzying acceleration, which we currently live highlighted by an exponential increase in computing power, an explosion of economic interdependency creating new riches (and spiraling debt), and dramatic changes to our environment. He will provide observations on how organizations and individuals can succeed by learning to be quick and innovative, fair, and adept at shutting out noise and accessing their deepest values. 

Friedman is the author of six bestselling books, including The World is FlatThat Used to Be UsHot, Flat and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution, and Thank You For Being Late: An Optimist's Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations. His TV documentaries, Searching for the Roots of 9/11The Other Side of Outsourcing, and Addicted to Oil, have aired on Discovery and he is a frequent guest on programs, such as Meet The PressMorning Joe, and Charlie Rose

He is ranked #2 on The Wall Street Journal’s list of “influential business thinkers,” and is considered one of “America's Best Leaders” by US News & World Report. According to Foreign Policy magazine, “Friedman doesn’t just report on events; he helps shape them.”

The conference is expected to bring together thousands of public finance professionals through: 

  • concurrent sessions from Sunday through Wednesday (sessions are available at
  • keynote presentations on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday
  • discussion groups and networking opportunities held throughout the conference
  • a welcome reception on Sunday night
  • an exhibit hall open Sunday through Tuesday
  • a closing event on Tuesday night

Fifty scholarships will be awarded per state or province in the amount of the full-conference registration fee to first-time annual conference attendees who are GFOA active government members. If interested in applying for the scholarship, candidates should e-mail Please note that all of the scholarships available for the State of Missouri have been awarded. 

The Annual Conference gives participants an opportunity to earn more than 20 CPE credits with additional credits available for preconference sessions. The conference is one of the most broad-ranging educational opportunities in the public finance field. 

The early conference registration discount ends on February 1. For more information about the conference and to register, go to